Whakamana ∙ Empower

  • Empower


Ki te whakamana tātau o Aotearoa whānui, ki te manaaki tō tātau taiao
Helping New Zealanders protect our precious environment

A goal we're aspiring to is to empower New Zealanders so they value our biological heritage, understand how it is changing, and feel inspired to take action to protect it.

This work is critical. The natural, urban and production environments in which we live, work and play are under threat from invasive organisms and from new pressures emerging in a rapidly changing global environment.

Stewardship of biological heritage is in the hands of all New Zealanders who need to be inspired to take action to protect and manage our biodiversity, improve our biosecurity, and enhance our resilience to harmful organisms.

Ultimately, by 2024, we want most New Zealanders to value their biological heritage, and to feel they can actively contribute to positive change.

We’re striving toward this goal in two ways:

  • Bioheritage scorecard

A scorecard to report progress on reversing the decline of Aotearoa’s biological heritage.

  • Environmental stewardship

Empower New Zealanders to demand and enact environmental stewardship and kaitiakitanga (guardianship).

Characterising adaptive variation in Aotearoa New Zealand’s terrestrial and freshwater biota

We aim to characterise adaptive variation in a broad range of freshwater and terrestrial Aotearoa New Zealand biota…

Mātauranga Māori characterisation of NZ’s biodiversity

We aim to connect with Māori communities and their environmental knowledge holders to help strengthen and sustain these…

A national framework for biological heritage assessment across natural and production landscapes

Researchers have developed a nationwide database to integrate and share eDNA data.…

What’s in our groundwater?

Bacteria are helping researchers measure the health of freshwater ecosystems.…

Kauri Rescue - citizens combating kauri dieback

This programme's bringing together a wide-range of people to help save our iconic kauri tree.…

Public perceptions of the use of novel pest control methods

One of the nation’s largest surveys on public attitudes toward new pest control technologies.…